• 13:30 Slaney Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,375 4th €1,125
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 4.00s
  • Off time: 13:30:31
13:30 Naas Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Briar Hill (IRE) 1/3


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P111-11 Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Briar Hill (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 1/31.33
2 7319-31 DARK BLUE, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Apache Jack (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
6 11-3 D T Hughes B J Cooper 10/111.00
4 211-125 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Very Wood (FR) 35
5 11-0 N Meade Paul Carberry 135 10/34.33
Non runners
32275-11Upazo (FR)611-3W P MullinsP Townend144


Monksland won this for Noel Meade in 2012 and Very Wood represents the yard here. He's always looked more of a staying type so the fact that he's been going very well over the minimum trip is a credit to him and he's no forlorn hope against the two Mullins entries, though Apache Jack needs to find massive improvement from his Punchestown maiden success. Ruby Walsh has chosen BRIAR HILL over Upazo despite his mount having to concede 7lb and it's not difficult to see why. He's already a relatively short price for several races at Cheltenham and, though last year's Festival Bumper winner hasn't jumped particularly well in his two successful runs over timber, he'll have learned plenty and should enhance his reputation. Upazo has done nothing wrong and is considered to still be progressing by connections though his overall profile can't match that of his stablemate.